Professor of Lying Joseph Ellis, a Mount Holyoke history professor who got caught lying bigtime about his mythical Vietname service, doesn't think 9/11 was a major event in history. In today's NYT, Finding a Place for 9/11 in American History, he writes:
Whether or not we can regard Sept. 11 as history, I would like to raise two historical questions about the terrorist attacks of that horrific day. My goal is not to offer definitive answers but rather to invite a serious debate about whether Sept. 11 deserves the historical significance it has achieved.
My first question: where does Sept. 11 rank in the grand sweep of American history as a threat to national security? By my calculations it does not make the top tier of the list, which requires the threat to pose a serious challenge to the survival of the American republic
Here is my version of the top tier: the War for Independence, where defeat meant no United States of America; the War of 1812, when the national capital was burned to the ground; the Civil War, which threatened the survival of the Union; World War II, which represented a totalitarian threat to democracy and capitalism; the cold war, most specifically the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, which made nuclear annihilation a distinct possibility.
Sept. 11 does not rise to that level of threat because, while it places lives and lifestyles at risk, it does not threaten the survival of the American republic, even though the terrorists would like us to believe so.
You can continue to read his drivel here. Notice he never mentions Mohamedans or jihad? Oh, that threat. But it is nowhere near the threat of Hitler and we have way, way overreacted: '.. It is completely understandable that those who lost loved ones on that date will carry emotional scars for the remainder of their lives. But it defies reason and experience to make Sept. 11 the defining influence on our foreign and domestic policy. History suggests that we have faced greater challenges and triumphed, and that overreaction is a greater danger than complacency.' Oh no, we have refused to be dhimmis! Is that what you want, Ellis. Us to submit to these 7th century clowns and their death cult?
Why are historians so ignorant of Islam's history? 9/11 was the 'big bang' to Americans, even though many seem to have that day fade in their mind.
He seems to miss the point. 9/11 was the milestone event when the West turned to look at a very old enemy in its face. The last time the West was threatened with collapse by the jihad was at the Gates of Vienna, 1683. Even so, five years later, our leaders struggle to understand that Islam is, at its core, a mandate to destroy all infidels then, and only then, will the world, a Muslim world, be at peace.
Prior to 9/11, the Mohamedans had only nicked the west, but 9/11 was a major wound. It didn't destroy America as Ellis seems to need, a cataclysmic event. He mixes events with wars and makes an unfair comparison. You can't compare the event of 9/11 to the Revolutionary War, 1812 War, Civil War, or WWII. Now you can compare the 'war on jihad' to these wars. Are we not in a struggle of survival with the Mohamedans? Yes we are. Oh, I know our leaders want to remain in denial. But ignorance too?
Ellis is like a John Esposito, a supreme Dhimwit lying to the Infidels, but he doesn't get as much money and praise from the Mohamedans as Esposito. Try harder Ellis. I am sure they will come to love you as they do all useful idiots. If Ellis would like to learn more about Islam, which I doubt, I recommend Andrew Bostom's book Legacy of Jihad. But I know he never would, Bostom is not a professor of history, and everyone knows you need to be an official professor of history or religion to be legitimate. Right? Right!
More on that Liar Ellis from Mount Holyoke ">from the President of Mount Holyoke's Desk. Apparently he is still there. You just can't get rid of these tenured professors I guess.:
First, as President of the College, I strongly rebuke Professor Ellis for his lie about his military experience in his course entitled "The Vietnam War and American Culture" as well as with colleagues and others. Perpetuated over many years, his lie about himself clearly violates the ethics of our profession and the integrity we expect of all members of our community. Even though his fabrication appears to have been an aside in an otherwise responsible, intellectually challenging course that immersed students in a crucial chapter of U.S. history, it was a particularly egregious failing in a teacher of history. Misleading students is wrong and nothing can excuse it. Professor Ellis illegitimately appropriated an authority that was not his and abused his students' trust. His misrepresentation damaged collegial relations within the College and hurt the Mount Holyoke community and others outside it.
Second, Professor Ellis will be suspended for one year without pay. In addition, he has agreed to step down from his endowed chair until such time as the Trustees may wish to reinstate it. The year away should give him and the College time for reflection and repair. This sanction is consistent with our honor code for students and its emphasis on education, reflection, and ultimately restoration to an honorable place in our community. Professor Ellis has accepted the College's censure and sanctions. He has apologized to me personally and has expanded his earlier public apology. His statement will be posted, along with this letter, on the Mount Holyoke Web site.
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You know, the NYT has truly become the mad aunt in the attic. Makes a lot of racket and makes no sense.